Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump isn’t known for mincing words. And, today, his sharp words were particularly well warranted in response to the stunning news that FBI Director James Comey would not recommend criminal charges against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — despite “extreme carelessness” in handling the nation’s most classified information.
Today, Trump had four words that echo the sentiments of many upon hearing Director Comey’s statement: The system is rigged.
While we might all not always agree with Trump, in this case he’s absolutely right. And one has to wonder, how exactly is “extreme carelessness” different than “gross negligence,”as outlined here in statute 18 U.S.C. Section 793(f). [H/T Powerline]
It seems beyond dispute that Hillary had possession or control of documents relating to the national defense. Indeed, some of her documents have been designated as “originally classified” which means, by definition, that their disclosure “reasonably could be expected to cause damage to the national security.” In addition, the case seems strong that Clinton removed such information from its proper place of custody and/or delivered it to someone in violation of her trust. I would argue that having information relating to the national defense on a private server constitutes removing it from its proper place of custody.
Whoever, being entrusted with or having lawful possession or control of any document. . .relating to the national defense, (1) through gross negligence permits the same to be removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of his trust, or to be lost, stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, or (2) having knowledge that the same has been illegally removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of its trust, or lost, or stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, and fails to make prompt report of such loss, theft, abstraction, or destruction to his superior officer, Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.
So, how are we to understand FBI Director Comey’s assessment that — although 110 emails on her private server contained classified info and “hostile actors” possibly gained access to our nation’s sensitive information — Secretary Clinton’s “extreme carelessness” doesn’t rise to the level of “gross negligence”?
Don’t tell me that even FBI Director James Comey, who has a reputation for integrity, has been overtaken by Clintonsian verbal obfuscation. Is this kinda like “depends on what the definition of is is”?
Yep, the fix is in. Sick.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]